Essential oils have become a more popular in the past year, at least in my circles. I’ve seen diffusers pop up at grocery stores as well as essential oils sold by multiple direct sales companies. They also are finding places on store shelves.
This post is not about the differences in companies or why one brand is better than another.
Our family uses essential oils in multiple ways each day. Our journey began when I discovered through a blood test that almost five years after having HELLPS syndrome my liver was still not completely healthy. My sister-in-law suggested instead of lemon water I try lemon oil because it would allow for a concentrated “dose” of lemon. With one drop being equivalent to 20 lemons I was feeling pretty good about this suggestion. Within weeks my new blood tests revealed my liver was again healthy. Our next experience was a flu avoiding panic brought by Thieves (or On Guard as some of you know it by). When Ordell had the flu and the rest of us stayed healthy I was sold.
My coach’s wife friend Lindsy has been a doTerra rep for about 9 months now and since she has been able to find a balance between her work as a labor and delivery nurse and her desire to help people through oil support I’ve also settled my own nerves on the subject with a clear and specific line.
I do not ever use essential oils as a substitution for doctor prescribed medicine. Those of you who have followed along with my thyroid journey, know I’m passionate about seeking the help of an expert when it comes to thyroid health.
That being said, we have found a place for essential oils in our home as part of our daily routine in multiple ways. We’ve also found space for them in weekly and rare uses.
- On Guard: immunity support, taken internally with droplets, diffused at night, applied topically
- Cinnamon: blood sugar regulation, add a drop to water or protein shake
- Peppermint: energy increase, add a drop to water, taken internally with droplets
- Purify: diffused in main living area (kitchen/living room open floor) to eliminate odors and promote fresh smell
- Serenity: diffused at night to help Ordell and I sleep, in a roller to apply at night when traveling
- Lavender: help the boys sleep diffused at night, eczema reducer
- Frankincense: one drop in face lotion applied at night, softer skin, anti-wrinkle, combined with coconut oil and shea butter as well as lavender for eczema reduction
- Lemon or Lime: drop in drinking water, helps with digestion, liver support
- Balance: in a roller or diffused, helps emotional support
- Melaleuca: ache prevention, evens out skin color, applied in roller or for me with my face lotion in the evening
- Cedarwood: I’ve added this to my shampoo with lavender and mascara to help thicken and lengthen my hair
Weekly or More
- Wild Orange: emotional support, promotes cheerfulness
- Deep Blue: most used in our house, muscle soreness support.
- Aroma Touch: droplets into bath helps reduce muscle soreness
- Lemon: for cleaning
- Peppermint: in a spray keeps the ants away, gets rid of headaches when rubbed on temples (I combine with lavender for this)
- Clary Sage: cramps and emotional imbalances from monthly cycle removed
- Juniper Berry: love the smell, I use this in cleaning with lemon
- Oregano: used with cleaning in spray bottle with lemon and juniper berry
- Terra Shield: 20 drops of oil to 4 oz of water makes an amazing bug spray! This can also be diffused for the protection of a larger area.
Combined in a roller, I began by applying this first on the bottoms of my feet and now once a day rolled on my neck. I find that this gives me a slight boost of energy.
I’ve switched over almost all of our cleaning supplies to include essential oils. Glass spray bottles from Amazon have made this an easy transition.
- Peppermint- one drop of oil to one drop of water in a spray bottle keeps ants away from floors and counters.
- Melaleuca and Eucalyptus combine to keep our showers mold free
- Lemon, Melaleuca, and OnGuard combine to create an all purpose cleaning spray
- Lemon and Melaleuca are a powerful combination in cleaning an oven as well! Add these to water, baking soda and Dawn dish soap for a cleaner that wipes grime away.
Essential oils can be used in cooking as long as they are from a reputable company. Personally, the only ones I would consider using are doTerra or YoungLiving.
I’ve served lemon with tea instead of lemon juice. I’ve also used ginger and lemon when I a stomach ache.
Lemon bars, lemon poppyseed muffins, cinnamon in baked goods all options.
Peppermint in brownies is tasty.
Basil, oregano, thyme- making an Italian dish? Consider these.
Cilantro is a popular one with a friend who adds it to salsa.
When it comes to figuring out which oils to use and which applications are best I take several steps. The first is to ask Lindsy what her thoughts and suggestions are. She has a private Facebook group which is always a helpful source as well.
Then I resource the big oils book. Oil Life is an independent company to resources essential oil distributors and educators. They have compiled an extensive book with hundreds of sites sources on essential oils. This was a gift to me from Lindsy and both Ordell and I review something in it at least once a week.
Essential oils all have specific uses and need to be used in the specific ways they have been deemed safe. By the way, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the oils we use. Just my consistent go to’s.
What are your favorites?